News in Brief—Lake County Record-Bee


16th annual Warm for Winter campaign collects warm clothes

The annual Warm for the Winter clothing drive for those in need returns in Clearlake.

Warm for the Winter will again be distributing warm winter clothing at the annual Clearlake Rotary Clubs Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to the Burns Valley School Dining Hall, 3620 Pine St. in Clearlake .

Warm for the Winter celebrates its 16th anniversary of providing warm clothing to those in need. This is solely the community as a whole giving back to those in the community who need help.

Started in 2006 by Joyce Overton to collect sleeping bags and tents to help the homeless weather the winter weather. Over the years, Joyce recognized that more was needed than just the homeless and grew it into a community fundraising program. She does not accept cash donations but relies on donations of blankets, gloves, shoes, hats and winter clothing, either new or used but in good condition and clean. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can do so through the Clearlake Rotary Club and indicate the Warm for the Winter program.

Overton thanked the community for their donations and support over the past 16 years and given the distress of the pandemic, warm clothing is in high demand this year.

Donations will be collected through December 7, 2022. Donations can be made at the following location:

• Highlands Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Road, Clearlake, Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm.

For more information, contact Joyce Overton at the Clearlake Senior Center at 707-994-3051 or text 707-350-2898.

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November 8, 2022, official campaign advertising for parliamentary elections – ballot papers to be counted remain

Please note that the results of the November 8, 2022 general election ARE NOT FINAL. Below is the number of remaining ballots to be counted during the 30-day official voting period beginning November 9, 2022:

Postal vote: 11,123

Provisional/conditional ballots: 1,132

Postal votes requiring further verification for various reasons: 142

TOTAL: 12,397

NOTE: The deadline for election officials to receive returned ballots for the November 8, 2022 general election in the mail is November 15, 2022 if they were postmarked and delivered to the Elections Office on or before Election Day by the US Postal Service or a private mail delivery company no later than seven days after election day.

There are many checks and balances involved in confirming election results. The process of certifying election results, also known as official voting, is required by law to ensure the public can have confidence in the integrity of the final results. The staff work very diligently to complete all the tasks required to confirm the choice.

“Mail-in ballots” must be checked by staff to see if the signature matches the voter’s signature on file. After entering and checking the postal voting data; the postal ballot envelopes are to be sorted according to polling districts. Staff must verify the number of absentee ballots processed by the constituency before the envelopes can be opened. Once the staff is balanced, the envelopes can be opened.

“Polls Provisional Ballots” are handed in at polling stations on election day. Some of the reasons a voter is issued a provisional ballot:

  • The voter’s name is listed as an absentee voter on the active voter list and the voter cannot submit their absentee ballot to receive a ballot.
  • The voter is not on the register, has moved and has not registered to vote again at his/her new place of residence.
  • A voter votes in the wrong constituency and not in the constituency assigned to him.
  • A first-time voter who has to identify himself but cannot.
  • The voter’s right to vote cannot be determined by the election worker.

“Conditional ballots,” issued to a person who missed the regular voter registration deadline of October 24, but still has the opportunity to vote in an election by conditionally registering to vote and casting a conditional ballot (voter registration on same Day).

Voters who were allowed to sign the list index and cast a ballot at their assigned polling station had their ballots counted on election night at the electoral register office.

In addition, all roster indexes must also be examined for errors or omissions. The staff compares the ballots, including the number of ballots cast, with the number of voters who signed the list index. Provisional and conditional voters’ signatures must also match the number of provisional and conditional voters’ ballots. Once this is done, the staff must enter the voter history from each of the list indexes and enter it into the voting system as voter history.

For more information, call (707)-263-2372 or toll-free (888)-235-6730. Contact: Maria Valadez, Electoral Roll or Lourdes Pantaleon, Deputy Electoral Roll.

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Rep. Thompson announces $9 million for wildfire prevention research

As of press time Friday, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced new $9 million grant opportunities from the bipartisan infrastructure bill to advance research into wildfire prevention and post-fire recovery on state lands. The Joint Fire Science Program is accepting grant applications through December 20, 2022 for fiscal year 2023 to research innovative fuel treatments and fire aftercare measures.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act brings much-needed support to communities across the country to increase the resilience of areas facing the threat of wildfires and better support federal forest fire departments.

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill provides much-needed funding to help our communities combat the effects of climate change,” Thompson said. “As California remains on the front lines of the climate crisis, wildfires pose a significant risk and providing the resources we need to mitigate wildfire risk and protect our communities remains a top priority.”

This funding is in addition to $3.4 billion for wildfire suppression and mitigation included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. This includes investments such as:

  • $600 million to increase federal firefighter salaries by up to $20,000 per year and convert at least 1,000 seasonal firefighters into full-time positions.
  • $500 million for hazardous fuel mitigation
  • $500 million for mandatory fires
  • $500 million for communities to implement their Municipal Wildfire Response Plan, a collaborative plan to address local wildfire hazards and risks.
  • $500 million for control site development and fuel cut-off installation
  • $100 million for pre-planning firefighting workshops and employee training
  • $40 million for radio spectrum interoperability and development of reverse 911 systems.
  • $20 million for NOAA to build a satellite that can quickly detect fires in areas for which the federal government has financial responsibility
  • $10 million to procure equipment to detect and monitor real-time wildfires in high-risk or post-fire areas.
    Funding opportunities for wildfire research priorities are posted on the Joint Fire Science Program website at

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